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Apple Owner Support
Make The Most Of Your Mac

Thank you for the opportunity to work with you.

I would be pleased to provide a session focusing on your areas of interest in detail.
Please call Scott at 604 886-4573 to arrange a time.

If you have questions as you go along please feel free to phone me. No charge for your first phone call.
My rate will be pro-rate by the minute for visits, phone calls and any related research.

During Self Isolation Protocals for Covid19 we will continue to provide community support for Apple Owners.
Much of this can be done remotely through your control of screen sharing with audio and the possibility of
providing remote access to your mouse.

In some cases when your mac needs some hands on care, we can arrange to accept your mac without contact
and sanitize it before and after the work is completed.

With your permission we will bill with a eTransfer invoice to make no contact payment as simple as possible.

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Also we are moderating Zoomers of the Sunshine Coast which is providing detailed, deep and timely Covid19 updates.

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We would pleased to help you make the most of all your Apple products and related infrastructure.

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Folkstone Design has provided support for Apple products since 1984. Originally created as a mass market software design house Folkstone Design created and published innovative software like "Anatomist A Human Anatomy". As a regular part of our business practice we provided instruction at a university, corporate and public level. As our practice naturally expanded beyond software design to include business development we began to design businesses like the internet provider "Sunshine Net" subsequently sold to technovision. Today with a broad base of multi-disiplinary experience we are well positioned to help where ever you find yourself.

Look around our web site to get a flavor of our interests.
If you have any questions or thoughts talk with us.


Technologies that are motivating global change within communities
  • Mac Specialists: Personal Training, Software Support (Consumer and Professional).
    Including: purchase planning, security, installation, troubleshooting, networks and servers
  • Database design and implementation: iPad offgrid data capture and server sync, airTable rapid cloud implementation
  • Business Development Strategies: Including Open Source Business Models
  • Research: Inter-disiplinary Approaches, Social Implecations of Emerging Technology.
  • Long term work in AI and Deep Learning
  • Complex Systems Analysis & Design:
    business, economics, trade, community,
    media, technology.
  • Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration
    in pursuit of understanding the common themes
    that arise in natural, artificial, and social systems.

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We now have a small multimedia classroom in our offices in Granthams Landing near Gibsons
We will be offering a wide range of gentle workshops for AppleTV, iOS devices, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and Macs
While we will focus on subjects that include pre-perchase considerations, and introduction to your Apple product we also intend to use our deep subject matter experience to explore topics themed with specific applications for instance Pages for writing and layout, Garage Band for creating your own music and many more. Our focus is on people.

One of the toughest things to do on the Sunshine Coast is to set a time, place and price that works for everybody, so we are going get started and tune as we go. I should note that we have years of experience delivering training at for Apple dealers, Designing and delivering training directly for Apple, in addition to years of designing and delivering courses at SFU, BCIT and UBC.

So these are small short workshops. Space is limited to eight people. You will learn more if you bring a friend. The technical name for two people working on a single device is Agile learning, so sharing is encouraged during our time together.
Folkstone Workshop Studio

Bring yourselves and your friends. If you have an iOS, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad as well as Mac OS X and they are portable you are welcome to bring them along, but please don't worry if you don't have them or choose not to bring them. We will explore together with whatever you bring. The most important part of this is yourself.

Initially the Workshop will run 90 minutes, please show up a little early so we can get paperwork out of the way and get started right on time. The cost of the workshop will be $32.14 ( $36 with HST ) or you can purchase a three pack of 90 minute workshops for $25 each or a Total of $75 ( $84 with HST ). The three pack expires in three months and can be used in sequence or in combination if you want to bring a friend. They are transferable.

We will be offering Workshop for both Mac OS X and iOS use specific applications to both learn the Application and focus on areas of interest like writing, publishing, photography, video, business and much more.


We are based on the Sunshine Coast in Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada. Call us today at 886-4573
Corporate Voice Over Internet Support also available for other areas.
Living and working on the Sunshine Coast since 1988.


Scott Bleackley M.Sc.(Computing Science) has been helping people explore the world with their computers for more than 36 years. Scott has taught at SFU, UBC and BCIT as well as providing personal and corporate training. Scott explores emerging technologies with an eye to which ones work best for people and the communities in which they live, work and play. You can find Scott swimming from outriggers in the Paisley islands, walking the beach or cycling the roads, with a camera or two, drawing, writing, reading and deep in discussion with friends. Scott enjoys sharing his delight in the kid in us all.

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Business Software

Some Great Free Software

iTunes: Free Audio and Video Podcasts

iTunes podcasts are free and include thousands of video and audio only presentations. Subscribing places the podcast into your PodCast directory within iTunes (left column) and automatically gets new issues whenever iTunes is open and online. Subscriptions can be cancelled at any time. CBC radio and television podcast many of their programs. To browse podcasts within iTunes. Select iTunes Store, Select Browse under Quick Links on the far right. Then select PodCasts in the left most column. Below are some sample podcasts to get you started. Enjoy.
  • TED Talks (Video): TED - TEDTalks (video) - TEDTalks (video) Each year, the TED (Tchnology, Entertainment, Design) confernce hosts some of the world's most fascinating people. Trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses. These podcasts (also available in audio format) TED - TEDTalks (audio) - TEDTalks (audio) capture the most extraordinary presentations delivered from the TED stage.
  • Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders: Stanford Technology Ventures Program - Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Stanford Technology Ventures Program. The Entrepreneural Thought Leaders Seminar is a weekly seminar series on entrepreneurship. (Audio)

Reduce Your Phone Bill

  • Skype: Free Calls Over Internet. (USB or Bluetooth Headset Recommended)
  • SkypeOut: Unlimited calls to any phone within the US and Canada $29.95 per year.

Other Places To Find Software:

Freeware, Shareware, Demo and Commerical

Best Performance

Keep Your Software Up-To-Date
Once you have the current system or application software from Apple or others keep it up-to-date. To check you have the lastest from Apple under the Apple Menu select Software Update. This will check all Apple software on your computer to see if there is a more current version available. Do this update process again until it tell you that your software is current. Apple Menu | System Preferences? | Software Update lets you automate this process.

iLife 11 upgraded in Oct 2011 and iWork 09 upgraded in Jan of 2009.
iLife comes with new computers iWork does not.
Both are inexpensive and can be bought as a family pack.
Consider the family pack if you have more than one Mac.
Also each application in these bundles can be purchased separately in the App Store These packages of software tend to require a paid update about once a year. If you do not already have Mac OS X Leopard ( 10.5 ) consider Apple's Boxed Set which includes iLife 11, iWork 09 and Snow Leopard.

Aperture 2: Feb 12, 2008 -- Aperture 2 delivers more than 100 new features that make it faster, easier to use, and more powerful than ever. $199 New Price and $99 to upgrade. Free Trial

Mac OS X: ( Mac Operating System )
Installing or Upgrading to Snow Leopard: Best Practices
Mac OS X comes with a new computer and a paid upgrade is required about once every 18 months. Consider the family pack if you have more than one Mac. Mac OS X Snow Leopard Up-to-Date Program: If you?ve purchased a qualifying computer or Xserve on or after June 8, 2009 that does not include Mac OS X Snow Leopard, you can upgrade to Mac OS X Snow Leopard for $9.95usd A new version Mac OS X Snow Leopard version 10.6 was released on August 28, 2009. It is a good idea to check Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Compatibility List of your application software. Snow Leopard can be ordered from the Apple Store, Amazon or your local Apple Retailer. Apple Canada Store. For those with Mac OS X 10.4.11 The Mac Box Set which includes iLife '09 and iWork '09.

Between paid versions Apple provides incremental updates for all of its software using Software Update found under the Apple Menu. Apple Menu | System Preferences | Software Update, enables you to tell your Mac how often to check for, download and install new updates. Once a week is generally fine.

Keeping your hardware reasonably current is also in your best interest. New versions of software and operating systems take advantage of current hardware performance to make your life easier. Older computers gradually have a harder and harder time keeping up. If you plan on replacing your computer every year or two you will remain current and have a good resale value for your older machine. Mac OS X makes it easy to move everything to your new computer.


Deep study: The world's safest computing environment
"More and more smart individuals, government agencies and corporations are shifting towards Apple and BSD environments in 2004," according to DK Matai, Executive Chairman, mi2g. "For how long can the truth remain hidden that the great emperors of the software industry are wearing no clothes fit for the fluid environment in which computing takes place, where new threats manifest every hour of every day. There is an accelerating paradigm shift visible in 2004 and busy professionals have spotted the benefits of Apple and BSD because they don't have the time to cope with umpteen flavours of Linux or to wait for Microsoft's Longhorn when Windows XP has proved to be a stumbling block in some well chronicled instances."

Please note that Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.x has a built in fire wall. You can configure it using Apple Menu | System Preferences | Sharing and Security

dmoz: Open Directory Project

dmoz: Open Directory Project:
Category: Top: Computers: Consultants: Macintosh Systems

The Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is located just North of Vancouver, BC, Canada. On the mainland but accessable only by ferry the Sunshine Coast is comprised of sixty kilometers of south facing coastline. Communities on the Sunshine Coast include Langdale, Hopkins Landing, Soames Point, Granthams Landing,
Gibsons, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada: Roberts Creek, Davis Bay, Sechelt, Half Moon Bay, Redrooffs, Pender Harbour and Egmont.
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Time Machine: Fully Automated Build-In Hourly Backup

( if you would like assistance with this process I am available, as a consultant, to assist you 604 886-4573 )

Never again worry about losing your digital files. Time Machine automatically saves up-to-date copies of everything on your Mac ? photos, music, videos, documents, applications, and settings. If you ever have the need, you can easily go back in time to recover anything.

Time Machine works with your Mac and an external hard drive. Just connect the drive and assign it to Time Machine and you?re a step closer to enjoying peace of mind. Time Machine will automatically back up your entire Mac, including system files, applications, accounts, preferences, music, photos, movies, and documents. But what makes Time Machine different from other backup applications is that it not only keeps a spare copy of every file, it remembers how your system looked on a given day ? so you can revisit your Mac as it appeared in the past.

To use Time Machine you need to running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer ( Apple Menu | About This Mac?). Ideally current system software 10.6.x on an intel Mac. You also need an external Hard Drive that is 2 - 4 times the capacity of your internal drive. You can remain connected by wire to your external Time Machine backup drive, or if you have a MacBook you may want to use a Time Capsule for wireless backup.

The cost of external drives relative to capacity continues to fall. You can use any external Hard Drive, but you may need to reformat it. Most external hard drives come preformated for Windows machines. Reformating is not difficult and takes just a few minutes. Once format is correct starting Time Machine is easy and is completely automatic in its ongoing operation.

Time Machine is highly recommended for all Mac owners.

MoneyWorks: Seriously Good Accounting Software For Canada

( if you would like assistance with this process I am available, as a consultant, to assist you 604 886-4573 )

Get to really know your business. As the cornerstone to your business, your accounting system needs to do so much more than just bookkeeping and compliance. As well as providing fast and timely financial and management reports, it needs to adapt to your changing workflows, operate with your other systems and grow with your business.

MoneyWorks works the same on Mac and Windows. Share data files between platforms or even have Mac and Windows computers accessing the same server.

MoneyWorks has been around for more than a decade and is a well thought out accounting package that does what it should without a lot of problems.

MoneyWorks comes in four versions that can each easly upgrade to the next: CashBook, Express, Gold and DataCentre. This provides you with a full range of funcationality as your business grows. A free trial is available. Boxed versions availabe from Apple Online or London Drugs.

Apple App Store for Mac Software Applications

( if you would like assistance with this process I am available, as a consultant, to assist you 604 886-4573 )

You may know about the App Store for you iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad, the App Store is now available for your Mac.
The Mac App Store is available as a free software update for Mac computers running Mac OS X v10.6 or later. If you have an earlier version of Mac OS X, you will need to upgrade to Mac OS X Snow Leopard. When you upgrade to Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later ( Apple Menu | Software Update or paid boxed update from 10.5 or earlier) you will find the AppStore icon in your Dock next to the finder icon on the far left or top if your dock is on the side of your screen.

Apple now provides all of the software usually included in iLife and iWork bundles as separate downloadable applications. For instance: Pages is now available for $19.99 Aperture for $79.99. After a one time setup of your Mac App Store account getting new software is now as easy as clicking on buy. The software is downloaded, installed and an icon placed in your dock, ready to use. Very easy, very nice. If type free in the search field in the top right of the App Store window you will be shown a list of all the software with a price of free.

Deals: These Change. In the first week of the App Store there were some excellent deals on software like Aperture and Sketch book Pro for more than 50% off. These say for a limited time offer so it is uncertain when they will expire or when new offers will be forthcoming. Go look for the software that you want and see.

Keep your Apps up-to-date: Since developers are constantly improving their apps, the App Store for Mac keeps track of your apps and tells you when an update is available. Update one app at a time or all of them at once, and you?ll always have the latest version of every app you own.

eBooks from BC Libraries: Gibsons and Sechelt Libraries
in Particular to your Mac iPod Touch, iPad & iPhone

( if you would like assistance with this process I am available, as a consultant, to assist you 604 886-4573 )

  1. Install Adobe Digital Editions on your Mac or PC
    Scroll down and Click on the large "Launch" Button
    Countinue through the installation.
    When given the choice: Authorize your computer ( radio button: authorize is the default )
    Note that the line above has a link to use if you do not already have an adobe ID
    ( please remember your Adobe ID ( your email address ) & password )
  2. Install Bluefire reader reader on your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad
  3. Go to Install BC Libraries they have more eBooks than the local library or your local library Gibsons or Sechelt online.
  4. Find a book that you would like to read.
    Sign it out.
    To do this from the BC Libraries site it will sign out through your local library
    To log into your local library use the number on your card ( even if you have changed this )
    and your password ( that you may have changed ) or the last 4 digits of your phone number if you have not.
    This will down load as small file that Adobe Digital Editions can find, authorize and download the book from.
  5. To get the book to your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad
    Download the free Bluefire Reader
    This will download to iTunes and then sync with your ipod touch, iphone or ipad automatically.
    Plugin your ipod touch, iphone or ipad and sync once you have downloaded the Bluefire into iTunes
    ( you will need an apple ID to down load even a free app from the apple online store )
    Create an iTunes App Store account without a credit card
  6. Once you have Bluefire installed
    Open Adobe Digital Editions
    It normally will offer to go out and find all of your ebooks.
    Let it do this.
    Or, Under the Library pull down menu ( top left within the application window )
    Select Add Book and find the file you have downloaded from the library.
    You should now be able to read the book in Adobe Digital Editions on your Mac.
  7. Moving the book to your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad
    Open iTunes
    Select your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad in the left column
    Select the App tab across the top of the right window.
    Scroll to the bottom of the page under the title File Sharing
    In the left column entitled Apps | Select Bluefire
    In the right column, bottom right select Add?
    Navigate to Home Directory | Documents | Adobe Digital Editions Folder | Select your book.epub
    That's it almost?
    Click the Sync? button ( bottom right of iTunes window to sync the book to your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad
  8. Finally, on your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad
    open Bluefire
    the first time you open it will ask you for your Adobe ID ( your email ) and password
    Once this is done choose your book and begin reading.

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